Performance-Boosting Superdrugs

Performance-Boosting Superdrugs


During WW2, Nazi soldiers were fed massive quantities of methamphetamine for increased alertness and endurance.


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The remarkable endurance of German and Allied soldiers during World War II had a secret ingredient: performance-enhancing drugs.

During the 1940s, Nazi troops were liberally supplied with methamphetamine called Pervitin, while American and British soldiers stayed alert with the help of the amphetamine Benzedrine.

Medical officers on both sides distributed these stimulants — and others, such as cocaine — to keep weary soldiers awake for days at a time; to enable troops to perform longer under punishing conditions, and to deaden the horrific and debilitating effects of shell shock and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


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